2001 Land Cruiser New Car Test Drive
The Land Cruiser is one of only a few truly elite off-road vehicles. And while this big, V8-powered SUV can transport up to eight passengers over the toughest terrain, it's also a comfortable long-distance cruiser. Inside, you'll find all of the features normally associated with top-level luxury sedans, including heated leather seats, power sunroof, automatic climate control, and every power accessory under the sun.
The Land Cruiser is also fitted with a long list of safety equipment. Standard features include full-time four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution, active traction control and vehicle skid control. These sophisticated active safety measures make the Land Cruiser easier to control in emergency maneuvers; traction control also enhances its off-road capability.
Few vehicles offer the off-road capability of the Land Cruiser, and fewer still combine this with its level of luxury. The Land Cruiser comes with Toyota's impressive level of quality control. While the price is high, the Land Cruiser maintains its value over the long haul with very minimal depreciation.
Toyota now offers five sport-utility vehicles with the Land Cruiser sitting at the top of the heap in terms of price.
Only one well-outfitted model is available, which retails for $52,895. The Lexus LX 470 is similar since it's based on the same components, but adds more leather and wood interior trim and a few other features such as an adjustable suspension.
The Land Cruiser comes with just about everything, including leather seating surfaces, remote keyless entry, one-touch up/down power windows, and a CD stereo. A few popular items, such as a third-row seat, running boards and a receiver tow hitch add to the bottom line, however.
Major changes for 2001 include a standard seven-speaker JBL audio system with an in-dash six CD changer, automatic climate control for the third-row seats (part of the optional Third Rear Seat Package), and an optional Navigation system package. This system moves the CD changer to the center console and also plays DVDs on the navigation screen when the truck is in Park.